My Man Godfrey

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In Brief: Gregory La Cava’s My Man Godfrey (1936) is one of the essential “screwball” comedies. It may even be the essential one. From its glossy credits (probably the most striking title design of the decade) onward, it’s a slick, rich-looking production (despite its Depression-era setting) taking place in that movie-world version of New York that everyone just wished really existed. And, of course, it’s almost entirely populated by engaging, amusing characters ranging from the mildly eccentric to the outright nuts. What better arena in which to play out a romance between a dizzy society girl (Carole Lombard) and the “forgotten man” (William Powell) she “rescued” (as part of a high-society scavenger hunt) from a packing case in the city dump and turned into the family butler? This excerpt was taken from a review by Ken Hanke originally posted on May 24, 2016.
Genre: Screwball Comedy
Director: Gregory La Cava
Starring: William Powell, Carole Lombard, Eugene Pallette, Alice Brady, Gail Patrick, Jean Dixon, Mischa Auer, Alan Dinehart
Rated: NR

The Asheville Film Society will screen My Man Godfrey on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. at the Grail Moviehouse, hosted by Xpress movie critic Scott Douglas.

About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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